ORLANDO, Fla. – As one of the most sought-after destinations in the U.S., Orlando maintains its  popularity as one of the top places for summer vacationers and promises an array of new experiences  for visitors planning their next trip to the Theme Park Capital of the World. In addition to new attractions  at Orlando’s theme parks, the destination is offering up even more new adventures ranging from a new  golf entertainment venue from Tiger Woods to an alcohol-free speakeasy concept. 

New to Orlando

“Orlando is ready to welcome summer travelers with unforgettable new experiences,” said Casandra  Matej, president and CEO for Visit Orlando. “Whether you’re a theme park expert or a first-time visitor,  there’s always something new to discover in Orlando with a variety of new hotels, unique restaurants  and one-of-a-kind attractions to explore and create new vacation memories.” 

Continuous updates on what’s new in Orlando can be found at VisitOrlando.com, the official visitor  information source for the destination. On the website, visitors can also make an appointment for a  complimentary, personalized one-on-one Vacation Planning Service with one of Visit Orlando’s vacation  planning experts for advice and guidance on building the perfect itinerary.  

  1. Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, EPCOT’s first “other-world” showcase pavilion  opens May 27, featuring a new storytelling coaster that rotates 360 degrees to focus on the action,  including the first reverse launch on a Disney coaster. 
  2. Ice Breaker, SeaWorld Orlando’s first launch coaster features four launches, both backwards and forwards, culminating in a reverse launch with a 93-foot-tall spike with 100-degree angle, the  steepest vertical drop in Florida. 
  3. Aquatica Orlando’s newest water slide, Reef Plunge, offers eye-catching translucent cutouts  and rings with twists and turn though 330 feet of fiberglass. A vibrant array of marine life,  Commerson’s dolphins, leopard sharks and a variety of other cold-water fish are also part of the  new dynamic habitat. 
  4. PopStroke, a golf entertainment venue created in partnership with Tiger Woods, will offer a menu  of handhelds and pizzas to enjoy from the indoor-outdoor dining room overlooking two 18-hole  miniature golf courses. PopStroke even has an app to automatically keep track of scores on the  course and is set to open in May at Waterford Lakes Town Center. 
  5. Take a short drive to explore Orlando’s local neighborhoods and experience The BANDBOX – Orlando, Central Florida’s first alcohol-free speakeasy cocktail tasting lounge and vintage shop,  will open this summer at Ivanhoe Village in Downtown Orlando. 
  6. Immersion at London House by Chef Rikku Ă“’DonnchĂĽ, a new boutique restaurant open to the  public, but located in a members-only club, features a tasting menu-only concept with a sensorial  dining experience focused on science, climate change, sustainable farming and zero waste,  where texture, scents and sounds are as important as taste. 
  7. The New York Beer Project, set to open this summer in Winter Garden, will resemble an indoor  beer garden complete with a gastropub, sidewalk bistro and up to 20 craft beers on tap.  
  8. Three-time James Beard Award semifinalist and “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar has  brought his concept Knife Burger to the JW Marriott Orlando. Featuring a slightly more expanded  menu than the original Texas location, the poolside restaurant offers classic, high-quality burgers  as well as seafood burgers and salads, all made with the finest ingredients. 
  9. The Tuscan-inspired, 126-room ette Hotel Orlando opens in June near Disney World. Focusing  on wellness as an alcohol-free property, the hotel offers culinary experiences in partnership with  Michelin Star Chef Akira Back, along with The Spa at ette, with services for everyone from the  modern minimalist to the unruly naturalist. 
  10. AC Hotel by Marriott Orlando Lake Buena Vista will offer a state-of-the-art, 24-hour fitness  facility, inventive chef-tailored dining and signature cocktail service. The property is set to open  June 2022.


About Visit Orlando 

Visit Orlando is The Official Tourism Association® for Orlando, the most visited destination in the United States and  Theme Park Capital of the World®. Visit Orlando connects consumers with every segment of Central Florida’s travel  community, whether for a vacation or meeting. Home to seven of the world’s top theme parks — as well as  refreshing water parks, outdoor thrill rides, activities to connect with nature, and a dynamic dining and entertainment  scene — Orlando is welcoming to travelers of all ages. With 450 hotels, visitors have choices that span multi-acre  resorts to themed boutique hotels. Orlando’s trusted theme parks, attractions, hotels and businesses have  developed comprehensive safety measures and worked closely with medical experts to create safe travel  experiences. Find more information at VisitOrlando.com.  


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